Portico Bistro, Hiranandani Estate, Thane

The newest gem in Hiranandani Estate, Portico Bistro is located in the clubhouse and has excellent views of the pool. Our expectations for food were high as this is being set-up by Chef and Consultant K M Saif. We got started with mocktails. Blackberry Caipiroska, made with blackberry, lemon, mint, and topped with sprite and blackcurrant …

Oozo Bar & Diner, Andheri (E), Mumbai

Inspired from Ouzo, a Greek, anise-flavored alcoholic drink, Oozo Bar and Diner is the newest hangout place in Andheri (E) near Sakinaka. The place has dedicated sections for casual dining, lounge & bar and a rooftop lounge for sheesha.   This place is being set-up by none other than K. M. Saif. A renowned chef …

Tex-Mex at its best – Chili’s, Inorbit, Vashi

When it come to Text-Mex food, one name  will never let you down. We frequent Chili's, Powai as it is near our office but it has been a while since I last visited them. This time, my visit to Inorbit, Vashi brought that opportunity. We started with Honey Melon Margarita and Tropical Sunrise. This refreshing …

A Vegetarian Heaven – Cream Centre, R-City, Mumbai

The Big Nachos

When it comes to vegetarian food, especially for pure vegetarians like me, this place is a no-brainer. You get all the choices, ranging from Indian, Italian, Mexican, under one roof. Order anything from the menu and there are small (if at all) chances of disappointment. The ambiance is much better and elegant than the Chowpaty outlet (the …

Rooftop Experience Par Excellence – 1 Above, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Indeed a thoughtful name for the newly opened rooftop bar and sheesha lounge. It's not just the place, the service and food make it one above. We were invited for a pre-launch event 2 days before the place throws open for public. Lighted walkway enticed to think about how the place would be which left …

Mojo Rising @ Cafe Mojo, Andheri (E), Mumbai

Misjudging traffic, especially in Mumbai, punishes you severely but on a fine Friday evening, it showed me it's opposite color.  I reached the venue, Café Mojo, Andheri (E), a little earlier than expected and got an opportunity to get myself introduced to the concept of E Beer pub (more on this later) and a walkthrough …

Countries Connection, Andheri (W), Mumbai

What happens when five friends sharing the same passion, the passion for food, come together? You get a restaurant serving good continental food including Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and much more. C2, as they call it, is relatively small-sized, is diagonally opposite to Infinity mall and easily reachable. The neighborhood boasts of plenty of restaurants …

Royal Treat, Mulund (W), Mumbai

It is difficult to miss the decorated entrance and a symbol made in an attempt to look like some royal emblem when you pass by the restaurant off LBS Marg. A fine Thursday evening we landed there in an attempt to try something new. The restaurant has a wallet parking on the opposite open space …

Hola ‘Hola Chef’

An absence of maid combined with unwillingness to prepare lunch on a lazy week-end is Hola Chef's gain. The nearby restaurant whose number is in your quick dial has the same old menu. Here Hola Chef promises to score. Daily new menu. Well, almost! Installed the app, selected a few items and made payment. An order was …

Great Authentic Mexican: Salsa Habanero Mexican Taqueria, Subhanpura, Vadodara

Nacho Grande

On my wife's insistence based on excellent Tripadvisor.com reviews, we tried this place and have been there for more than a couple of times now. Named after Habanero(a type of chili) sauce, this Mexica Taqueria offers pick-up/takeaway only and is run by an NRI couple, Rita and Prakash, out of their passion for food. The restaurant …